BINGHAMTON MERCHANT OF DEATH: The guy behind arming and helping to profligate dictators like Saddam Hussein from the 1960's through the 1980's was none other than Vestal Parkway used car dealer Sarkis Soghanalian who owned Sarkis Foreign Car Garage, (a CIA cover), on the corner of Sycamore Rd and the Vestal Parkway E. in Vestal NY.
The local newspaper, the Binghamton Press, seems to have no knowledge of the illicit arms deal of A $1.4 billion dollar shipment of French guns to Saddam Hussein in Iraq by Sarkis Soghanalian and his brother Zaven Soghanalian, while Zaven Soghanalian was living in Binghamton NY. The “Soghanalian Clan of Arms Dealers” had been living in Binghamton NY since 1960. Binghamton NY “Merchant of Death” Sarkis Soghanalian did not just go from selling used Volkswagons during the 60′s through the 80’s in Binghamton NY to arming the Lebanese Christian militia in 1973 overnight. Sarkis Soghanalian was an arms dealer while he was running his used car lot, Sarkis Foreign Car Garage, as a CIA cover, on the corner of Sycamore Rd and the Vestal Parkway E. in Vestal NY.
WASHINGTON POST…Sarkis Garabet Soghanalian was born Feb. 6, 1929, in what used to be Iskenderun, Syria, and which is now part of Turkey. To escape persecution, his ethnic Armenian family fled to Lebanon, where, as a teenager, he served in the French army during World War II. After developing a fascination with weapons as a mechanic in a tank division, he decided to pursue a career in the arms business. He sold Jeeps and Land Rovers throughout the Middle East before moving up to tanks. Sarkis Soghanalian was living and selling used and new Volkswagons in Binghamton NY from at least 1961 to the mid 1970’s. Sarkis Soghanalian began working for the U.S. government (CIA) in the mid-1970s. With the outbreak of civil war in Lebanon, the CIA paid Mr. Soghanalian to arm Christian militia fighters with surplus Kalashnikov rifles from the Soviet Union. In return, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) placed a bounty on his head. In l981 Sarkis Soghanalian brokered perhaps his largest single arms sale to Iraq, the $1.4 billion shipment of French howitzers that had the secret backing of the Reagan Administration. French officials agreed to supply the big guns, Sarkis Soghanalian said during a deposition (US Federal Court), but only if they could disguise their role.
Arms Dealer Sarkis Soghanalian and his brother Zaven Soghanalian, who was/is living in Binghamton New York, were business partners in the $1.4 billion shipment of French guns to Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Zaven Soghanalian in Binghamton New York is no different than his brother Sarkis Soghanalian. Zaven Soghanalian, while living in Binghamton New York in 1981, was partners in one of the biggest illicit arms deal ever to Iraq.
Who in Binghamton NY helped finance Sarkis Soghanalian in arranging his arms sales for the Lebanese Christian Militia in Beirut during the 1970′s. There was/is a very wealthy Lebanese Christian community in Binghamton NY that consists of various business owners of Carpet Stores, Gift Shops and Furniture Stores, is this where Sarkis Soghanalian got the start up cash to arm the Lebanese Christian Militia in Beirut. I was aware of various Lebanese “Freedom Fighters” showing up in Binghamton NY during the 1970′s and getting jobs as carpet installers. I recall one carpet installer ”Sonny” telling me about how he rode around Beirut in his jeep with a .50 caliber machine gun attached while fighting for the Lebanese Christian Militia, he had the scars to prove it.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com